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Report of Chemical Odor at Northwest Side School Sends Two Adults to Hospitals

On Friday, April 20th, firefighters responded to reports of a chemical odor at a Chicago Northwest Side grade school. At least five ambulances arrived at the school in the 2000 block of North Mobile during the EMS Plan 1 and a Level 1 Hazmat response. First reports stated the odor smelled like pepper spray and [….]


Train in Iroquois County Derailed, Roads Closed Due to Possible Drifting Fumes.

U.S. Highway 24 between Watseka and Crescent City was closed on Friday, July 15, 2011 until the morning of July 17, 2011 after a train carrying ethanol derailed and one car leaked a chemical fluid.   The freight train was as 74-car T.P. & W. line between Iroquois county roads 1600 East and 1800 East [….]


Lawsuit filed, Alleges Teacher’s Death Related to Leaks from Refinery.

A lawsuit was recently filed in Illinois’ Madison County, blaming alleged leaks from a nearby refinery for the death of a Roxanna school district employee.   Debra Och  was working as a Roxanna school district teacher and principal when she was allegedly exposed to cancer-causing benzene released by the Shell Oil Company- and BP Products [….]